Arise and hail the sacred day

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Arise and hail the happy [sacred] day. [Christmas.] Published anonymously in the Liverpool Liturgy, 1763, p. 155, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1769 it was given in the Bristol Baptist Collection of Ash & Evans, No. 96, and subsequently in several of the older hymn-books. In modern collections it is sometimes found as "Arise and hail the sacred day", as in Hall and Lasar's Evangelical Hymnal, N. Y., 1880. The chorus, "O then let heaven and earth rejoice", is not in the original. It appeared in some collections early in the present century. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Joseph Stephenson, in The Musical Companion (1771)

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1. Arise and hail the sacred day,
Cast all low cares of life away,
And thoughts of meaner things:
This day to cure thy deadly woes,
The Son of righteousness arose,
With healing in his wings.

 

2. If angels, on the sacred morn
The Son of righteousness was born,
Pour’d forth their seraphs' songs,
How should all people then on earth,
Triumph in honour of his birth:
The praise to him belongs!

 

3. Then let us with the angels join
And praise his glorious name divine,
With hallelujahs high;
With endless thanks to God above,
In showing forth his boundless love
To all eternity.

Elizabeth Scott, in Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians (1803)

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1. Arise and hail the sacred day,
Cast all low cares of life away,
And thought of meaner things.
This day, to cure thy deadly woes,
The sun of righteousness arose,
With healing in his wings.

2. If angels, on that happy morn
The Saviour of the world was born,
Pour'd forth seraphic songs,
Much more should we of human race
Adore the wonders of his grace,
To whom the grace belongs.

 

3. How wonderful, how vast his love!
Who left the shining realms above,
Those happy seats of rest.
How much for lost mankind he bore,
Their peace and pardon to restore,
Can never be express'd.

4. Whilst we adore his boundless grace,
And pious mirth and joy takes place
Of sorrow, grief and pain,
Give glory to our God on high,
And not amongst the gen'ral joy
Forget goodwill to men.

 

5. O! then let heaven and earth rejoice,
Creation's whole united voice,
And hymn that happy day;
When sin and Satan vanquished fell,
And all the powers of death and hell,
Before his sovereign sway.

Thomas Clark, in An Eighth Set of Psalm Tunes (1830)

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1. Arise and hail the happy day,
Cast all low cares of life away,
And thought of meaner things:
This day to cure our deadly woes
The sun of righteousness arose,
With healing in his wings.

 

2. If angels on that happy morn
The Saviour of the world was born,
Pour'd forth their joyful song;
Much more should we of human race
Adore the wonders of his grace,
To whom that grace belongs.

 

5. O then let heav'n and earth rejoice,
Let ev'ry creature join his voice
To hymn the happy day,
When Satan's empire vanquish'd fell
And all the pow'rs of death and hell
Confess'd his sov'reign sway.

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